brought to you by Special Events Resource Group (SERG)
 and Admiral Beverage Corporation

October 18th and 19th, 2019
This will be our 38th Year!

Friday 5:00 pm till 11:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 noon till 11:00 p.m.

for more info (575) 257-6171

Location: Ruidoso Convention Center
Ruidoso, New Mexico
(get directions)


The original German Oktoberfest celebration was started in 1810, when King Ludwig I of Bavaria decided to celebrate his marriage with Princess Theresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen in royal style. Originally it was meant to be just a simple horse race event but the Bavarian character quickly took over and it became a happy gathering of cheerful beer drinkers.

This group comes every year for the Ruidoso Oktoberfest.

The celebration was such a success that Ludwig issued a royal decree making October festival time in Munich, Germany. The festival was dedicated to the fall harvest and to the Region's most famous product, beer. Tradesman and merchants came throughout Germany to join in the merry-making. They examined the crops, sang songs, danced and sampled the first beer of the season.

This year, visitors to the German Oktoberfest will consume 5 million liters of beer, 700,000 chickens, and 400,000 sausages.  They will celebrate their 205th birthday and it is considered the largest festival in the world drawing  over 7 million of visitors annually.  To learn more about the German Oktoberfest click here.

Our food server volunteers have lots of fun.

In contrast here in Ruidoso, we are only celebrating our 37th annual Oktoberfest.  We don't consume near that amount of chickens, sausages, or beer, but we make a good attempt at it, and we have a lot of fun doing it.

The Ruidoso Oktoberfest is produced by Special Events Resource Group (SERG). SERG is a non-profit 501c3 New Mexico Corporation formed with the purpose of providing funds to benefit legitimate and recognized Charities and fund Education Scholarships for the youth of Lincoln County, NM. Since its inception in 1999, SERG has contributed over $180,000 to Lincoln County charities including over $70,000 in scholarships.

These recipients include - The Hondo Community Garden Project, Ruidoso Fire Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ruidoso High School, Capitan Schools - Drama, National Junior Honor Society, Math Program, Capitan Band, Humane Society of Lincoln County, Home Health and Hospice of Lincoln County, RHS Boys Basketball, Zia Girl Scout Council, Volunteer Fire Departments of Hondo and Glencoe, Capitan Library, Gavilan School, White Mountain Search & Rescue, Altrusa Mammogram Program, RHS Soccer Programs - both boys and girls teams, RMS Enrichment Program, RHS Volleyball, RHS Track, Ruidoso Christian Academy, RHS Cross Country and Track Teams, Capitan FFA. We have also provided scholarship funds for 85 Lincoln County students.

SERG has a proven record of contributions to the community and Lincoln County as a whole. We now maintain and promote two events – the All American Gun and Western Collectible show (27th annual) and the Ruidoso Oktoberfest (37th annual). We continue to grow and we are able to give more to the community. We invite you to join us in this endeavor.

As Seen in the El Paso Times!

Tickets for Ruidoso Oktoberfest:
$12 for one day • $20 for two days

Young Adults age 13 to 18 - $8.00 • $12 for two days
Children under 12 free
both must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets sold at the door.

Planned Musical Entertainment by:

Swing Shift 

Swingshift from Albuquerque, NM

The Klaberheads
The Klaberheads from
Hamilton, Ohio


Die Polka Schlingel
  Die Polka Schlingel,
Twelve Piece Band from Albuquerque, NM

Dance Ensembles include:

Ft. Bliss Schuhplatters

Food booths will be selling:

Bratwurst (with sauerkraut)
knockwurst (with sauerkraut)
Polish Sausage (with sauerkraut)
Reuben Sandwiches
apple nut cake Black Forest cake,
potato pancakes, apple pancakes, apple sauce
Apfelstrudel, Apfelkuchen & Caramel Apples, soft pretzels
German Potato Soup
and many more tasty treats!

40 Arts & Craft booths!
Don't miss our very own Kinderhall
featuring all kinds of fun and games.

For those of you really looking to get in the mood, the Ruidoso Oktoberfest encourages people to "dress for the occasion".

If you are interested in acquiring some Bavarian clothing, try:

Touch of Bavaria
Original Munich Portal

Click on any of the images below for a bigger view of fun!

Pictures from Oktoberfest

Swing Shift kicks things off Friday night with a great dance number.

D'Alpenlander Schuhplattlers

D’Alpenlander Schuhplattlers

A booth at the Arts and Crafts fair.

Another booth at the Arts and Crafts fair.

Another booth at the Arts and Crafts fair.

Chicken hats galore.

The Enzian Schulplatters.

The Enzian Schulplatters.

The Enzian Schulplatters.

The Enzian Schulplatters.

The Enzian Schulplatters.

Father and daughter dance.

Dancing out on the floor.



Jodi and Cherie at the door.

Official greeters Kermit , Nicole and Lexie.

The Hat dance for kids.

The adults have problems.

Getting it together.

The Hellenic Dancers.

The Hellenic Dancers.

Manfred plays the accordion.

Hubert plays the accordion.

Otti sings and plays the guitar.

Kinderahall is fun.

John has fun with the helium.

Painting pumpkins.

Kitty wields a knnife in the kitchen.

Keith and Cindy volunteer to prepare ruebens.

Ellis Store has a patriotic display. The food was good too.

Larry from Kiwanis shows how to flip a crepe.

The Luthern ladies really know how to make strudel.

Gary from Noon Lions served great potato soup.

Mike and spouse from d'Alpenlanders enjoy an ethnic beverage.

Riker helps out with cooking brats.

Lloyd keeps watch over the knockwurst.

The Enzians prepare for winter.

For more information, contact:
Special Events Resource Group
201 Oak Grove Pl
Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345

(575) 257-6171

Major Sponsors:

The Cork and Kettle
Mountain Spa Doctor
Ruidoso News
MTD Radio
Powell Custom Rifles
Admiral Beverage

Friends of the Oktoberfest Sponsors:

American Oxygen
Noisy Water Artwear
The Stash Storage
Zia Natural Gas

The Ruidoso Oktoberfest would also like to thank the following lodging establishments for providing rooms for our entertainers.

Crown Point Condominiums
Hotel Ruidoso
Comfort Inn
La Quinta

Samuel Adams Beer

Samuel Adams Beer

Shiner Oktoberfest

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Warsteiner Beer

Visit these sites below for more information about lodging, restaurants etc.